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Founded in 1924, Wellnest has been treating children with serious emotional and behavior problems for over 90 years. Wellnest has both a local and national reputation for its leadership in establishing and implementing innovative service delivery models, which result in positive mental health outcomes for children and their families. A wide range of employment opportunities are available for competent individuals seeking to be part of a dynamic team that is committed to helping children, and their families, in Los Angeles.

Would you like to make a difference in our community?

Join Our Team! If you have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and an interest in working with children and families, visit our Jobs Table and check our open positions at Wellnest.

Open Positions

Generous benefits package, salary differentials for bilingual Spanish speaking and other positions. Access to the USC Credit Union, medical, dental, vision and life insurance is available. EOE/ADA.

Hear what our employees have to say…

I thrive in an environment that caters to my career development. Since I’ve been working here I’m constantly being challenged which merely sharpens my skills as a therapist; I keep learning from my peers, supervisors and my clients; there’s opportunity to grow in my career and put to practice my ideas. I am deeply grateful! Because of them and the people in this agency, I approach community mental health with the same trust and passion to help people reach their potential or at least open doors. I continue to stay to pass on that legacy.

Shalini Malasingam, LMFT

I have really been able to grow in my journey as an individual, therapist and team member. One of the things I love most about working here is the amount of value and praise our board of directors and leadership team breed for our hard work. It’s really hard to walk away from an agency that not only “walks the walk” but also “talks the talk” in regards to the quality of care, support and innovative resources we have to offer our community here in South Los Angeles. Our strength is defined every day when we look at the opportunities and change we help create with the children, young adults, and families we serve.

Vaelupe Ma’ale, Clinical Therapist I

I have to say that I am proud to work for an organization that has a good reputation in the community. It is an organization that is committed to offering good quality services to a population that is underserved and underrepresented. Wellnest has also invested in their employees by offering trainings, yearly fun staff events and in supporting those that want to be promoted within the Clinic.

Betty Mendoza, “Mente, Cuerpo, y Corazón” Program Coordinator

Wellnest has provided exceptionally good mental health services to children and their families in South LA for over 90 years. I have had the opportunity to be part of this legacy of high quality, compassionate service. I have enjoyed working with caring, competent people—the clinical staff, the support staff, administrators and an active, involved Board of Directors—who share this value of service. Also, I have enjoyed and been enriched by many individual children and youth and families who have come through our doors.

Eric Inouye, LCSW, Community Access Coordinator

I enjoy working at Wellnest because I know the work that I do contributes to improving the lives of many children and youth in Los Angeles. As Facilities and Transportation Coordinator, I also enjoy overseeing improvement projects, meeting new vendors and contractors.

Julio Espinoza, Facilities and Transportation Coordinator

Working at Wellnest has exposed me to a number of highly trained and mutually supportive staff across clinical and support positions, to develop professional colleagues within and outside the Clinic, as well as form life-long friendships. Wellnest also maintains a strong orientation towards the training and professional development of its staff that has allowed me to promote my career from unlicensed therapist out of graduate school to the current Access and Wellness Services Director.

Adam W. Sternberg, Psy.D., Access and Wellness Services Director

It’s the Clinic’s mission that has kept me here for the past 14 years. As a therapist, it has been very rewarding knowing that we are serving some of the most at risk children/youth and making a difference in their lives. As a clinical supervisor, it has been very rewarding to be part of a team that gets to support and guide clinicians in their professional development.

Angela Perez, Clinical Supervisor

As a supervisor and manager, I can’t help but be impressed by the people I work with. It is such a pleasure to be able to supervise such a supportive, committed and dedicated group of people. Because I see and feel this support and dedication on a daily basis, I can reflect back my joy in the work we all do to serve a community in great need.

Rick Saneda, Assistant Director of Outpatient Services

Working at Wellnest has exposed me to a number of highly trained and mutually supportive staff across clinical and support positions, to develop professional colleagues within and outside the Clinic, as well as form life-long friendships. Wellnest also maintains a strong orientation towards the training and professional development of its staff that has allowed me to promote my career from unlicensed therapist out of graduate school to the current Access and Wellness Services Director.

Adam W. Sternberg, Psy.D., Access and Wellness Services Director

Despite its long history, I appreciate that the Clinic is not afraid to innovate and try new systems and approaches in their quest to best serve the community. The Clinic understands that it always needs to improve and look forward and never rest on its laurels. Because of that ambition, I have no doubt that it will not only survive, but thrive in our ever changing landscape.

Nancy Pak, Assistant to the Vice President of Programs

It’s the Clinic’s mission that has kept me here for the past 14 years. As a therapist, it has been very rewarding knowing that we are serving some of the most at risk children/youth and making a difference in their lives. As a clinical supervisor, it has been very rewarding to be part of a team that gets to support and guide clinicians in their professional development.

Angela Perez, Clinical Supervisor

As a supervisor and manager, I can’t help but be impressed by the people I work with. It is such a pleasure to be able to supervise such a supportive, committed and dedicated group of people. Because I see and feel this support and dedication on a daily basis, I can reflect back my joy in the work we all do to serve a community in great need.

Rick Saneda, Assistant Director of Outpatient Services

Types of Opportunities

Clinical Opportunities
  • Providing therapeutic services to severely emotionally disturbed children, including those exposed to trauma
  • Multidisciplinary approach (Psychologists, MFTs, MSWs, LCSWs, Psychiatrists, Music, Art and Movement Therapists, etc.)
  • Excellent clinical supervision
  • Internal and external trainings to improve clinical competencies and skill sets
Key Support Opportunities
  • B.A.-level Family Advocates provide rehabilitation and case management services
  • Milieu aides support therapeutic environment in day treatment programs.
  • Van drivers
  • Administrative, MIS and facility support
Student Opportunities
  • Doctoral-level internship approved by California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC)
  • Art therapy intern site for Loyola Marymount University
  • Many students trained at the Clinic have continued with the agency as paid employees
Promotion Opportunities
  • Highly skilled and competent staff are greatly valued at the Clinic, therefore, promotions from within the agency are quite common, e.g. program therapists move into supervisory positions, including management roles.
  • Monetary incentives are available to staff completing required clinical therapists education.
  • Higher salaries are paid to those with higher degrees that enhance, but are not required, for a specific position.
Core Values
  • Excellence and Integrity
  • Empowerment and Respect
  • Integrated and Accessible
  • Family-focused Approach
  • Life-long Wellness
  • Productive Partnerships
Benefits

Wellnest provides competitive salaries and a generous, flexible spending benefits package for both full and part-time employees. These benefits include:

  • Choice of medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Paid vacation, paid sick leave and paid holidays
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Pension/retirement savings plans
  • Access to the USC Credit Union
  • Discounts for various regional theme parks.